One of the most challenging periods for a football team is right at the very beginning of the season when a coach’s plans haven’t yet been fully understood and the squad isn’t yet finalised, however Real Madrid are enjoying August thus far.
Zinedine Zidane has overseen a very relaxed pre-season in which his team has been strengthened and early results are showing the benefits of such good preparation.
Whilst Barcelona have been left reeling by Neymar’s departure and the subsequent dash to replace him, Los Blancos have seen Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez leave the club for good money and they have been replaced by younger players at a fraction of the cost.
Los Cules’ start to the season was chaotic to say the least and Real Madrid easily overcame them in the Supercopa de Espana without ever truly having to move out of second gear.
Los Blancos also saw off a resurgent Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup and carried this good form into their domestic efforts.
The LaLiga opener against Deportivo La Coruna then saw Zidane’s side ease to a 3-0 victory, before Fiorentina were beaten in the Bernabeu Trophy.
It has been a flawless August for the club and the visit of Valencia on Sunday is the last remaining hurdle for Zidane to surpass before the international break.
So much of the Frenchman’s summer work was to help the team hit the ground running and in that respect it couldn’t have gone any better.